As I take a few minutes to sit on my porch swing enjoying the peacefulness of the morning, it is quiet except for the traffic as we live on a busy road. The feel of fall is in the air and cold weather is waiting to stop by for a visit, and I am not ready for such a long visit!
I was chilly one night and put my electric blanket on my bed and turned it on. I haven’t retired my shorts as of yet as it is still nice and warm during the day, however I have switched to some Capris of the morning.
I went to the Coon Hunter’s Club on the outskirts of Hamilton. Every time I go there it makes me think of the back roads of eastern Kentucky.
I had something to happen that made me realize there are stingy and greedy people everywhere you go. An incident happened that is still sort of bothering me.
Someone brought a woman a few papaws, and I was teasing with her and asked if she wanted to share. The woman next to her didn’t realize that I have very good hearing and she told this old lady not to give me any. I was very nice and didn’t say anything since I go there to get away from aggravations, not to be aggravated!
Anyway, after a while the old woman took a papaw out and ate it. A thought went through my mind I wish she would swallow a seed, then I almost laughed out loud at my own thoughts.
My friend Sue Courtney has a few papaws for me. I am going to pick out the biggest one and take it to this woman and say, “Since you enjoy them so much I want to share with you,” and make sure the other busybody see me do it! No, I am not going to put poison on it!
I know it is childish of me for feeling like I do, however I cannot eat in front of anyone without off ering to share.
My friend Vickie Power is a diabetic. When we went to Little Nashville, Ind., I wanted an ice cream and I wouldn’t get one because she can’t have it, plus I really didn’t need it either!
I spent the evening at Sue Courtney’s place, and oh my goodness, as she greeted me at the door, she handed me a plate full of the most delicious papaws!
I was like a kid in a candy store as I sat on her balcony and ate one. I changed my mind, I am not sharing with that stingy woman.
Sue fixed a delicious supper, which consisted of cheeseburgers on the grill, sweet potato fries, (which I had never eaten before), along with a salad. For dessert, Sue baked an apple pie from scratch, and you talk about good. Why it would make your mouth water just thinking about it.
It is always such a pleasure for me to go to visit Sue.
It seems as if I have a correction to make. When I wrote my column about Letcher County Day I didn’t mean that Shelby Bockover had passed away, I meant that Shelby and her husband Bob Bockover really enjoyed Letcher County Day.
I am very pleased to say that Shelby is still among us, and will be attending Letcher County Day Sept. 25.
By the time The Mountain
is printed, Letcher County Day will be just a memory, a good one I hope!
I had to go to the emergency room with my leg as it was throbbing like a toothache. Nothing could be done except a prescription for pain pills, but I declined the offer. I did have to go see my family doctor, and I may have to go to something called a Wound Care Clinic.
Actually, I did something on my own and my leg is healing better than anything the doctor has given me. I fixed a pan of hot water and put table salt in the water and soaked my foot and leg. Since the pan wasn’t deep enough, I wrapped a towel around my leg and kept saturating the towel with water. I remember Grandma Rosa Hall doing this.
I told my family doctor what I did and he made no comment except to say it did look better. I had taken two rounds of antibiotics.
Gwen Huff Farmer is finally getting her garden and flowers cleaned up for the winter months ahead. Once in a while she does enjoy going shopping with a couple of her friends, Diane and Fay.
I was hoping I would be able to go visit Gwen before cold weather, but it looks like that isn’t going to happen.
My brother Richie Hall and Wanda went to visit their son Tracy Deaton and his wife Donna and Kirsti for a few days. I miss talking to that mischievous Richie on the phone.
I am glad Wanda took off work for a couple of days as that seems to be all Wanda does is work and more work. I believe she is my mom’s daughter instead of daughter-in-law.
Hello to my brother Jerry Hall and Mattie, and belated happy birthday wishes to Mattie for Sept. 21. Jerry and Mattie went to Lee’s Famous Recipe for supper to celebrate her birthday.
I came home very tired and fell asleep in my chair. I was awakened by the ringing of my telephone and the roar of a helicopter in front of our house. A woman had fallen or jumped off the bridge a short distance from our house. When I walked out on the porch, there were all kinds of fire engines and emergency vehicles across the field from where we live.
I talked to Ann Calihan and everyone is doing all right in her family.
Hello to Clarence and Arlyn Halcomb. I hear that my friend Clarence Halcomb has been under the weather a little bit. I hope he is feeling better by now.
Hello to Shirley Wells and congratulations to her granddaughter, who got married recently.
I really enjoyed talking with Anna Bell Wright. She had been trying to get hold of me and finally we connected.
I spent some time at my daughter Anna Nottingham’s. I baby-sat for her while she went to the doctor for some blood work. Both Ann and baby boy are doing well so far, though Anna has developed diabetes very early in this pregnancy and has to mix two kinds of insulin.
Well I am going to get this on its way. I have a lot to do, so until next time: Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, email:Bluegrassmama4@ aol.com, telephone: 513- 367-4682.